You Don't Have To Be Famous: How to Write Your Life Story

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Writer's Digest Books, May 23, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 256 pages
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Write Your Life Story Today!

&break;&break;Would you like to record your life story for future generations? Do you want to write your life story to fulfill a personal need or desire for creativity? So why haven't you started?

&break;&break;Writing can be intimidating, but with the help of You Don't Have to Be Famous, you can successfully start and finish your most important story.

&break;&break;Noted author Steve Zousmer helps you overcome the challenges associated with writing by showing you how to think creatively about the best way to tell your story. Discover how to:

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  • Create a cohesive vision to shape and guide your writing&break;
  • Choose and correctly use a structure that complements your story&break;
  • Develop your story so that it progresses in a natural and seamless way&break;
  • Craft your voice so that it's authentic and engaging&break;
  • Know which details might be better left unsaid and why
&break;&break;Plus, learn about your publishing options and what to expect from your readers.

&break;&break;You don't have to have an exotic or adventurous life to have a life worth recording. Your story is meaningful because it is uniquely yours. Writing isn't always about getting published or becoming rich and famous; sometimes it's about something even more important. Don't wait another day to start writing the story of your life!

 

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Contents

You Dont Have To Be Famous
1
FAQs Frequently Asked Questions
19
Motivations Four Good Choices
36
You Need an Organizing Principle
52
Preparation Issues Research Outlining SelfDiscipline
72
Who Are You and Who Is the Audience?
87
Writing Is Hard
104
Set Your Imagination Free
119
Telling Stories
150
Writing Advice for the Long Haul
167
Talking About Things We Dont Talk About
182
Rewriting
200
Youre Finished Now What?
216
My NotYetWritten Autobiography
231
Profiling Yourself on Video
234
INDEX
240

Strategies for a Good Start
134

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About the author (2007)

Steve Zousmer is a freelance corporate speechwriter, whose clients include current and former CEOs from Amdahl, American Express, Forbes, McGraw-Hill, News Corporation, Pepsi, Philip Morris, Shell Oil Company, Starwood Hotels, and Walt Disney--among many others. Aside from writing speeches for CEOs, he also has written op-eds for them, which have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.

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